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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Temple Construction Progress Update

Hello, all! Here I am again with another temple construction progress update. Don't know if I mentioned this, but work began in earnest on the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple late last week. And there have been enough developments in the last little while to warrant posting such an update. Feedback is always needed, and most welcome and appreciated. Thanks.

Temple Construction Progress Update (current as of 4/12/17)
Current Temple Status: 155 operating; scheduled for d/edication; under construction; 2 more have construction pending, and both are anticipated to commence construction before (or at least by) the start of summer 2017; scheduled for rededication; 2 undergoing renovation; 6 renovations scheduled; 13 announced. NOTE: With two groundbreakings having already taken place this year, we could see several others before too much longer. For all of the announced temples that have not yet had a groundbreaking, I offer my best-guess estimate for when that might happen, to which I have recently made adjustments and corrections. One correction is noting that we might only see one other groundbreaking this year, though it seems that one is not as imminent as I originally was led to believe.

Dedication scheduled:
156. Paris France Temple: VIP/media tours started April 7; accepting reservations for public open house (which will run from Saturday April 22-Saturday May 13 (excluding the Sundays of April 23 and 30 and May 7)); dedication scheduled for Sunday May 21, 2017.
157. Tucson Arizona Temple: Pergola added to grounds; interior finish work underway; accepting reservations for public open house beginning Monday May 15, 2017; (which will run from Saturday June 3-Saturday June 24 (excluding the Sundays of June 4, 11, and 18)); dedication scheduled for Sunday August 13, 2017.
158. Meridian Idaho Temple: Monument sign installed; architectural finishes being installed; dedication scheduled for Sunday November 19, 2017.
159. Cedar City Utah Temple: Interior paint and millwork installation underway; dedication scheduled for Sunday December 10, 2017.

Under Construction:
160. Rome Italy Temple: Angel Moroni installed on March 25, 2017; Christus and apostle statues installed at visitor’s center; installing art glass; completion anticipated sometime during early-to-mid 2018.
161. Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple: Concrete block set in place for base of tower; completion anticipated sometime during mid-2018.
162.  Barranquilla Colombia Temple: Sheathing exterior walls with rigid foam insulation; steel framework for cupola installed; completion anticipated sometime during mid-2018.
NOTE: For the two temples above, they seem to be interchangeable in terms of which one might potentially be completed and dedicated first. I am trying to keep an eye on any and all developments and will adjust these estimates as necessary once more is known.
163. Concepcion Chile Temple: Exterior cladding progressing on north and west walls; completion anticipated sometime during mid-to-late 2018.
164. Durban South Africa Temple: Scaffolding erected in preparation for second-level exterior walls; floor slab poured for missionary housing; completion anticipated sometime during mid-to-late 2018.
NOTE: For the two temples above, they seem to be interchangeable in terms of which one might potentially be completed and dedicated first. I am trying to keep an eye on any and all developments and will adjust these estimates as necessary once more is known.
165. Fortaleza Brazil Temple: Erecting structural framing for temple tower; completion anticipated sometime during early 2019.
167. Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple: Construction barrier erected; completion anticipated sometime during mid-2019.
168.  Lisbon Portugal Temple: Pouring footings for temple foundation; structural framing continues meetinghouse; completion anticipated sometime during mid-to-late 2019.

Construction pending:
166. Winnipeg Manitoba Temple: Groundbreaking held Saturday December 3, 2016; awaiting commencement of full-scale operations, which may occur in April or May 2017 (construction currently delayed by a very bad Canadian winter); completion anticipated sometime during early-to-mid 2019.
NOTE: Once construction commences, it is anticipated to last around 20 months (approximately 1.67 years.) It is a smaller edifice that is being built to at the moment serve just the one stake in Manitoba. So it might be completed sooner than that. It all depends on how soon construction will be able to start, and how quickly it progresses after that.
169. Arequipa Peru Temple: Groundbreaking held Saturday March 4, 2017; awaiting commencement of full-scale operations (which is anticipated ASAP); completion anticipated sometime during late 2019-early 2020.
NOTE: Once construction commences, it is anticipated to take roughly 28 months (2.25 years) to complete. This is because there are neighboring construction projects involved that will all be worked on simultaneously.

Rededication Scheduled:
8. Idaho Falls Idaho Temple: Accepting reservations for public open house, which will run from Saturday April 22-Saturday May 20 (excluding the Sundays of April 23 & 30 and May 7 & 14); rededication scheduled for Sunday June 4, 2017.

Undergoing Renovation:
20. Jordan River Utah Temple: Closed for renovation; rededication anticipated sometime during early-to-mid 2018.
41. Frankfurt Germany Temple: Closed for renovation; building basement addition for new baptistry; rededication anticipated sometime during early-to mid-2018.

Renovation Scheduled:
80. Memphis Tennessee Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation in October 2017; rededication anticipated sometime during early-to-mid 2019.
95. Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation in October 2017; rededication anticipated sometime during mid-2019.
18. Tokyo Japan Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation in October 2017; rededication anticipated sometime during early-to-mid 2020.
112. Asuncion Paraguay Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation in November 2017; rededication anticipated sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
13. Oakland California Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation in February 2018; rededication anticipated sometime during mid-to-late 2019.
16. Washington D. C. Temple: Scheduled to close for renovation in March 2018; rededication anticipated sometime during early-to-mid 2020.
NOTE: In view of the fact that we have already had two temple groundbreaking events so far this year, it is entirely possible that we might see site announcements and groundbreakings for other temples in the near future. That said, it is interesting to consider that, while some of those groundbreakings might be more likely than others, ultimately, it is more difficult than I originally believed to try and pinpoint how soon those groundbreakings are likely to take place. Wanting to be as conservative in my estimates as I am able to be, I have adjusted some things. As always, I would be gratified to hear of such events happening much sooner than anyone expects. But for the moment, it seems wise to make some adjustments. Thanks.

170. Harare Zimbabwe Temple: Approval and construction preparation phase; official site announcement anticipated later this year; groundbreaking may follow shortly thereafter.
NOTE: While the site announcement is pending, and while it may be a while before it happens, it does not seem to be unreasonable to anticipate that the groundbreaking might still take place sometime between mid-and-late 2017.
171. Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple: Planning and approval phase; groundbreaking pending.
NOTE: On Sunday March 12, while presiding at a stake conference for the area in which the first Haitian temple will be built, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles officially announced and confirmed that, just as members in the area had speculated, the plot of land behind an existing meetinghouse on the Route de Freres (French for “The Route of Brothers”) had been purchased as the official site for the first Haitian temple. While such site announcements generally signal that a groundbreaking might shortly follow, there is reason to believe that it will take the Church at least a year to plan and design the edifice to conform to government regulations and to be acceptable to the locals. It therefore makes sense to adjust my estimate here and to say that a groundbreaking could happen by early-to-mid 2018.
172. Bangkok Thailand Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
NOTE: There is more than sufficient reason to believe the current speculation being perpetuated to the effect that, in the mold of the already-existing multi-purpose buildings that house not only an office building but a meetinghouse and a temple as well (they are now known as the Hong Kong China and Manhattan New York Temples), a similar renovation and rebuilding might happen to a Church-owned office building in Bangkok. If it happens that way, we could see construction there commence with a groundbreaking by early-to-mid 2018 as well.
173. Brasilia Brazil Temple: Announced April 2, 2017; planning phase.
NOTE: A site has been identified by priesthood leaders as being located in the northern part of the city. This makes me believe that we might have a groundbreaking sooner than I anticipated, perhaps as soon as mid-2018. I will keep an eye out for developments on this front and report that information ASAP. In the interim, I also learned that the Church has discontinued the practice of public confirmation of temple site purchases, except to local members who have a vested interest in temples in their area. For that reason, his site identification by priesthood leaders is all we need. I also know that we will not be seeing a groundbreaking any sooner than next year, as it has generally taken a year following a site confirmation for such events to happen.
174. Greater Manila Philippines Temple: Announced April 2, 2017; planning phase.
NOTE: The Church’s Philippines Facebook page has identified the site for this temple as being located on the southern side of the Manila metropolitan area in the area known as Alabang, Muntinlupa City, which may mean a groundbreaking could happen very quickly once the site is confirmed. For that reason, it is not impossible to believe that a groundbreaking could happen as soon as mid-to-late 2018, if not indeed before. And in this case, this appears to be the way that the Church has chosen to confirm this information, so it should be taken as official.
175. Pocatello Idaho: Announced April 2, 2017; planning phase; possible temple site identified but not yet confirmed.
NOTE: The most likely site for this temple is a 10-acre land parcel that neighbors the meetinghouse on which the Pocatello Idaho Highland Stake Center sits. CGiven the fact that this land plot was officially annexed into the city of Pocatello on April 6, 2017 (on the 187th anniversary of the Church’s restoration) makes that site even more likely. Please also note that this is land that had been deeded to the Church by the family of the man who maintains the LDS Church Temples website. For these reasons, a groundbreaking could take place as soon as mid-to-late 2018 depending on what happens between now and then, since identifying a site for any temple is the major first step towards getting it built.
176. Saratoga Springs Utah: Announced April 2, 2017; planning phase.
NOTE: While a specific site for this temple has yet to be confirmed, it has been reported that the Church owns several acres of land in the community, and that one of those Church-owned sites could be used for the temple. If an official site confirmation happens anytime soon, since temples in Utah are often built very easily, it could very well be that a groundbreaking could take place sometime during late 2018-early 2019. I am keeping my eye out for any developments and will refine this estimate as I am able to do so.
177. Lima Peru Los Olivos Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
NOTE: The name of this temple indicates that it will likely be built in the Los Olivos district of Lima. That puts it ahead in many respects than other temples might be. For that reason, I am refining my prediction to say that a groundbreaking might time place during early 2019.
178. Abidjan Ivory Coast Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
NOTE: Growth of the Church in Africa has really taken off, as evidenced by the fact that the last three years of temple announcements has seen one per year for that nation. For that reason, the groundbreaking might take place during early-to-mid 2019.
179. Quito Ecuador Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
NOTE: I am not in any way anticipating that the delays that prevailed between the announcement and groundbreaking of Ecuador’s first temple in Guayaquil will hinder construction commencing in its’ capital city. The temples announced during the April General Conference this year and their near-likely possibility of having a groundbreaking prior to others has delayed the process somewhat in my mind. However, I still have reason to believe that we could see a groundbreaking here during mid-2019.
180. Belem Brazil Temple: Planning phase; awaiting official site announcement.
NOTE: While the other temple announced for Brazil (for the capital city of Brasilia) has already had a possible site identified, and while that makes it more likely that the groundbreaking there will happen sooner than this one, there is still reason to believe that a groundbreaking for the Belem temple could take place during mid-to-late 2019.
181. Nairobi Kenya Temple: Announced April 2, 2017; planning phase.
NOTE: Temples in Africa, a nation that is growing well in Church membership, seem to go up fairly quickly once their ground is broken. That said, it generally takes around 3-5 years between a site announcement and groundbreaking, except in rare occasions. Wanting to be as careful as I can with such estimates, I would say that we might see a groundbreaking for this temple sometime during late 2019-early 2020.
182. Urdaneta Philippines Temple: Stalled in planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement.
NOTE: While this temple was announced almost seven years ago in October 2010, the commencement of construction there has been delayed. We have even had another Philippines temple that was announced during the April General Conference this year that has already had a site identified and is therefore much more likely to have construction commence much sooner than this one. While I personally hope that we will never again see future delays to the extent of those that prevailed between the announcements of the temples in Guayaquil Ecuador and its groundbreaking and the Los Angeles California Temple and its groundbreaking (with those 14+ year periods being the longest in Church history), the fact that construction has been delayed on the Urdaneta temple for almost half that long already makes me think that we are not likely to see a groundbreaking for this temple any sooner than early-to-mid 2020. I am hoping for it to happen before then, but want to be as realistic as possible. Again, I will post updates as I receive them.

ADDITIONAL GENERAL NOTE: Temple announcements are possible at any time, but the last twelve announcements have taken place during the April General Conference. I never want to rule out the possibility of announcements at other times, but that has been the pattern for the last three years. There have also been reports of several cities that have had a site purchased for a while now, and where an announcement might happen at any time. I know of at least five that have been identified to me by name: Managua Nicaragua, Auckland New Zealand, Port Moresby Papua New Guinea, Bentonville Arkansas, and Missoula Montana. If other potential temples have had a site purchased, they have yet to be identified as such. The following temples have been publicly proposed by apostles at various and sundry times:  New Delhi India (in June 1992 by Elder Neal A. Maxwell; may not happen soon due to intense political and religious obstacles); Vilnius Lithuania (in May 1993 by Elder M. Russell Ballard, which may be more of a long-shot possibility); Maracaibo Venezuela (in August 1999 by President Hinckley, which is just waiting for the right conditions); Singapore (in January 2000 by President Hinckley, and is likely to be announced when the time is right); for the Southwest Salt Lake Valley (in October 2005 by President Hinckley; NOTE: While some contend that this temple announcement has already happened, verifiable sources widely available prove otherwise. It will be announced at the right time); Managua Nicaragua (in January 2012 by then-Elder Russell M. Nelson; very likely at any time due to Nicaragua being the #1 of the top ten world countries without a temple); Missoula Montana (sometime in 2014 by Elder David A. Bednar during a stake conference in the area; while the report of this proposal has yet to be verified, the fact that there has been a purchase of a temple site seems to indicate that it is a most imminent possibility, though perhaps not as imminent as I once believed); and for the Kasai Region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (in February 2016 by Elder Neil L. Andersen). There are likely several other sites that the Church has purchased for a potential temple, but those have yet to be verified.
Bolded numbers and text denote temples whose numbers already exists (for renovations), or is certain due to a scheduled dedication, as well as information that is certain, such as dedication or groundbreaking dates.
Italicized numbers and text denote temples whose numbers may change based on the order in which future dedications and groundbreakings are scheduled.
Underlined numbers and text denote temples whose numbers may change based on progress towards planning, approval, and groundbreaking.
Red text highlights changes from the last posted temple progress report. 

Thanks/Personal Update

Hello, all! I wanted to give you a brief update on what is going on with me personally. Before doing that, though, I want each of you to know how much I appreciate you all who so willingly read these posts and who comment as much as you do. I would not be able to make these reports as regularly as I have been if I wasn't so sure that my doing so is important to you all. Any success I have had as a blogger has been because of your interest in and comments about the things I feel a need to "sound off" about.

I know that some people on blogs and forums that cover Church-related topics have the idea that my time would be better served in other pursuits, and that is their right. But at the end of the day, I can only do what my physical capacity will allow. With the fact that I have been battling a couple of long-term infections for two months now, which was one of the many reasons I lost my job, my doctors have recommended that I should not work until medically cleared to do so. I am getting plenty or rest and fluids, but part of the problem is that my immune system has been somewhat compromised. At this point, I am not eating well during the day nor sleeping well on any given night. I am, quite literally, feeling more ill right now than I ever have at any previous time in my 30 years of life, and that is saying something. Another major piece of the puzzle I found out about just recently is that I am experiencing major depression and anxiety issues. So I am currently not functioning at my best. In these trials, I have felt strongly that this is my personal Gethsemane or Liberty Jail experience. So I feel I understand the Savior and Joseph Smith's experiences much better now than I did a year ago.

As my wife has been unable to do all she has wanted to since the last job she had took such a toll on her until her health necessitated her quitting the job, she is also not well enough to work. It is absolutely heartbreaking for us to realize that, under normal circumstances, we would be considered lazy for not having done more than we are currently doing. As it is, all we can do is try and get our situation resolved in the best possible way, and leave the rest to the Lord.

And at times, especially lately, it seems as though even those who should have our backs and should be doing all they can to help us successfully get through these difficult times are criticizing us for not doing enough for ourselves, and are all too quick to imply that one of us should be working (generally those assertions are made in reference to me by everyone, and at times, even members of our family who do not fully grasp the gravity and intensity of our trials have said something thoughtless in this regard).

The main problem with which we are still grappling is that we are not getting the benefits we should be getting from the government, and it seems like whenever we challenge them on their conduct, the situation just gets worse. Case in point, two fiascoes we are currently dealing with: the SSA has been repeatedly advised that my February pay stubs from my last job were turned in, that my last day working was February 10, and that my last paycheck was issued on February 17, with my job being terminated about 2-1/2 weeks later on March 1. I should by all accounts have received the full SSI amount for this month as a result of that, but my caseworker doesn't seem to grasp the facts, and she recently asserted that I had not sent in my February pay stubs, despite my having done so the week after my last check. And she seems to be deliberately looking for reasons she can legally deny me what I should be getting. I filed an appeal with the SSA generally, but it hasn't yet paid off.

Adding insult to injury is the fact that some of my other benefits, which are managed by the DWS, were abruptly stopped at the end of last month, in spite of my having set in all the paperwork they requested in advance of the set deadline to do so by the end of last month. I had been repeatedly informed that my benefits either would not be terminated or that they would be promptly restored once all that was requested had been handed in. But then it turns out that the DWS couldn't bother to tell me I had a review month this month for some of my other benefits, so I had to scramble to get that done before the deadline they set for that as well.

It is sufficient to note that though there have been obstacles, as there always are, we have been able to take comfort in the fact that, even if no one else in the world or in our families understand what we are going through, at least the Savior does. And He has brought us through similar experiences in the past, though admittedly we have never had something quite like our current situation to contend with.

That is why it always bugs me when people who do not know, understand, or comprehend the full extent and impact of what we are dealing with try to tell us how they think we should run our lives. Since they are not in our shoes, they have no right to presume to tell us what we should be doing. Thankfully, those people are few and far between compared to the number of people we have who have expressed their support and offered prayers in our behalf.

I know some of you whose comments always make my day. And I appreciate your ongoing interest in how we are doing. I hope this update has served to keep you informed about what we are dealing with. For now, any comments are welcome and appreciated. Thanks again.